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Tikrit After ISIS: A Ghost Town Ruled by Gunmen

The extremists were forced out, but the people have not come back. Now Shia militias, government soldiers have carved up the city.<p>TIKRIT, Iraq—It’s …

The Complete Social Media Post Checklist

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Before you hit the Publish button or send an update to the queue, what do you do?<p>Quite often, I find myself publishing instinctively and sometimes failing to consider all the necessary questions and guidelines for what makes a wildly successful, …

3 ways brands can engage with shoppers on social media

<i>This article is part of SWOT Team, a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public relations.</i><p>The …

What are keys to good startup storytelling?

<i>This is an excerpt from Storytelling for Startups by Mark Evans. The book is published by 2015 © Doris Chung Publisher Production Solutions and is available</i> here<i>.</i><p>Story-driven marketing comes down to a few key ingredients.<p><b>1. Being customer-centric:</b> Many startups fail at storytelling because they …

Startups

Best Survival Knife Guide: Reviews and Advices from the Experts

One of the most important tools that any smart survivalist has plenty of is a knife. Their applications are endless, and their affordability makes …

Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

<b>West of Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.<p>Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of …

Islamic State (ISIS)

A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets To Grit And Resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

Nobel Prize

How To Impress A Venture Capitalist: 12 Prominent VCs Share What Gets Their Attention

Entrepreneurs seeking funding are often unsure of what they must do to get a venture capitalist’s attention. So we asked 12 of them exactly what they hope to see when an entrepreneur walks through their door.<p><b>1. Know Your Competition</b><p>“I am impressed when someone really understands what their …

Venture Capital

How the Ottomans Ruined the 20th Century

World War I was only a global conflict when the Ottoman Empire joined the fray. Those consequences—from genocide to new borders—are still felt …

R.I.P. Blogging, Killed By Screenshorts

Late last year, Mat Honan wrote for Buzzfeed about “screenshorts”, a rising phenomenon on Twitter where people share their favorite quote of an article in a screenshot to avoid Twitter’s character count.<p>What’s most interesting about the rise of these screenshots on Twitter and other social media is …

Top Characteristics of a Great Leader

There's no question that some people are just natural born leaders. Others may spend years strengthening their skills and helping others just to achieve their leadership status. Anyone can assemble a team and give direction, but to be a strong leader you must have the ability to inspire the …

Leadership

A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected -- but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait …

Heroism

Memex In Action: Watch DARPA Artificial Intelligence Search For Crime On The 'Dark Web'

Of late, DARPA has shown a growing interest in open sourcing its technology, even if its most terrifying creations, like army robot wildcats designed to reach speeds of 50Mph, are understandably kept private. In a week’s time, the wider world will be able to tinker with components of the military …

Artificial Intelligence

Catalonia: 11 arrested for suspected links to ISIL

An ongoing police operation against a jihadist cell in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, has resulted in the arrests of 11 people. They are suspected of having links to the ISIL militant group.<p>A group of 360 officers from Catalonia were involved in the raids, which were launched across a dozen homes …

In Reclaimed Tikrit, Mass Graves From Brutal ISIS Occupation

As many as 1,700 bodies are believed to be in mass graves that have been unearthed near the site of a massacre of Iraqi soldiers manning a former U.S. military base. The killings took place last summer, when fighters from the self-proclaimed Islamic State seized Tikrit.<p>Soldiers and forensic teams …

United Nations

Kerry says US won't 'stand by' in Middle East as Iran steps up Yemen involvement

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran over its increased involvement in Yemen's civil war Wednesday, vowing that the U.S. would not "stand by" as the Middle East became destabilized.<p>Meanwhile, Iran President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that a Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes against Yemen's …

Middle East

317 Power Words That'll Instantly Make You a Better Writer • Smart Blogger

Ever noticed how some writers have an uncanny ability to toy with your emotions?<p>Within the span of a few pages, you can go from shaking with …

Winston Churchill

Master This Storytelling Technique to Create an Irresistible Content Series - Copyblogger

In this cold, hard, commercial world, everyone is looking for answers online.<p>We are all “searchers” looking for the best way to solve a problem or …

Hunter S. Thompson

A Refresher on Storytelling 101

At bedtime, I tell stories to my godchildren, Anna and Noah, when their parents invite me to care for them. Their capacity for stories amazes me. They beg for “just one more” and then “just one more.” It seems we are wired to enjoy a well-told story.<p>And as we grow up, we do not lose our thirst for …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …